Sergio Cortes is an average, 39-year-old Spaniard, except for one little thing. He is one of the world’s leading Michael Jackson impersonators. In fact, a Brazilian entertainment site recently named him the world’s top MJ impersonator. Cortes, whose fascination with the King of Pop started at the age of five, travels the world, astounding audiences with his uncanny resemblance to MJ and astonishingly accurate recreations of the Jackson concert experience.
As a child, Cortes began studying the late pop idol’s mannerisms after his parents first noticed the remarkable likeness between their son Sergio and the lead singer of the Jackson 5. His enthusiasm led to his first experience portraying Michael in a photo shoot while still just a teenager. The shoot was a milestone for the budding entertainer, who came to see the potential in a career as Michael. The photo shoot led to a series of gigs that eventually became a full-time job.
Being a successful Michael Jackson impersonator involves much more than simply looking like and dressing like MJ. Cortes replicates the experience of a Michael Jackson concert, complete with the clothes, the spot-on choreography, and the rapport with his legion of fans. He views his success as a reflection of his own passion for Michael.
Cortes’s success as an impersonator has also made him a notable expert on MJ’s life. He was quoted in the media when one of MJ’s legendary white rhinestone-studded gloves sold at auction for $20 million. According to Cortes, the 2015 auction was one a major event for fans.
Today, Sergio Cortes’s career is fueled by his tens of thousands of fans, with his Facebook page exceeding 18,000 likes. He sees his performances as a way for fans to deal with their feelings of loss due to Jackson’s death. In fact, he sees his own performances as a way of finding comfort in the face of pain by paying tribute to his idol.
Cortes views his work is an expression of his own passion, as well as an opportunity to keep the memory of King of Pop alive.
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